1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110

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Lot 413
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America
Registration no. MRX 523P Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110

Sold for £ 52,900 (US$ 69,236) inc. premium
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America
Registration no. MRX 523P
Frame no. MV750 2210178
Engine no. 2210110
• Formerly owned by the late Robert White
• Present ownership for the last 15 years
• Serviced by MV Meccanica Verghera Ltd
• Excellent condition

Developed from its long line of highly successful multi-cylinder racers, MV Agusta's first road-going four - the 4C, a twin-carburettor, 600cc, shaft-driven tourer - appeared in 1965. But the public demanded something more exciting from many-times World Champions MV, and the Gallarate manufacturer duly obliged in 1968, upping capacity to 743cc and further boosting maximum power (to 65bhp) by fitting a quartet of Dell'Orto carburettors to the revised 750S, a high-speed symphony in red, white and blue. Perhaps surprisingly for a sports model, the 750S retained the 4C's shaft final drive while the frame too was virtually identical to that of its predecessor.

Hand made in limited numbers and priced accordingly, the 750S was way beyond the financial reach of the average enthusiast. Marque specialist Mick Walker got to try a mint, low mileage example in 1983, recording the event in his book MV Agusta Fours: "The experience was unique; the rider was transported to a different level, and made to feel really special. There was certainly a pronounced 'feel-good factor'."

Although no lightweight - it weighed nearly as much as a Kawasaki Z1 - the 750S gave little away in outright performance terms to such larger machinery, thanks, no doubt, to its engine's Grand Prix heritage.

In 1976 the 750S was replaced by the 750S America. Bored out to 789cc, the America produced a claimed 75bhp, an output sufficient to propel the Italian sports roadster to 100mph in around 13 seconds and on to a top speed of 135mph. Production of the 750S America ceased in February 1979. Bike rated the 750S as, "one of the most dramatic-looking bikes made, the real stuff of legend". Few would disagree.

The current owner purchased this MV 750S America in May 2004 from well-known collector, the late Robert White, who believed it had been imported from Germany. Since acquisition, the MV has been serviced by David Kay of MV Meccanica Verghera Ltd on several occasions, the most recent being in May 2013. This machine retains its original paintwork and has been fitted with genuine Arturo Magni cylinders and exhaust pipes, and comes complete with its original fairing. Described by the private vendor as in excellent condition throughout, this beautiful and highly desirable machine is offered with sundry bills and a V5C Registration Certificate.

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  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
1976 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. MV750 2210178 Engine no. 2210110
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